Huntsville Patch

The Huntsville Gourd Patch, formed in May 2005, is one of the Patches in the Alabama Gourd Society. They usually meet twice a month except for October and December.  October is used to get ready for the Alabama Gourd Society Show in Cullman.  In December they have a Christmas party but no workshops.  For ten months of the year they have two monthly workshops. An All-Day Saturday  workshop is held once a month at Big Cove Presbyterian, Brownsboro, Al. from 9a.m to 4p.m. The cost is $15 for members, and $25 for non-members, with all materials and gourds supplied. The second workshop of the month is at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens on the 3rd Tuesday night of the month from 6:30p.m to 9p.m. The cost is $10 for members, and $15 for non-members, with all materials and gourds supplied. If needed, you may be asked to bring special tools, such as saws, wood burners, gouges etc. to the workshops. 

The Huntsville Gourd Patch has been a very busy group since their beginning in 2005.   For the 2005 Alabama Gourd Festival they made a gourd quilt for display, which is shown at the right.  They created a unique gourd totem pole that has been setup several times.  For several years they have created a gourd themed entry in the Scarecrow Trail at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.  Some of those gourd displays have been setup at the ALGS shows and also at a Gourd Education Day they sponsored.  They have a gourd Christmas tree at the Huntsville Public Library each Christmas. Since 2008, they have had a booth at the ALGS show to sell some of the gourds crafted by the patch members and also had a “Make and Take” area for gourd enthusiasts of all ages to try their hand at decorating a gourd.  Several of their members have now become very active in selling their crafted gourds at nearby state gourd shows and other locations in Alabama and Tennessee.  

The workshops for 2014 are listed below.  The members of the Huntsville Gourd Patch would like to invite anyone interested in their workshops to come and participate.  If you would like to receive email notices about the workshops, contact Neva Beasley to be added to her list.

The Once a Month All-Day Saturday Workshop:

The schedule for those workshops is shown below. They occur on either the first or second Saturday of the month. The workshop is at Big Cove Presbyterian, Brownsboro Al. from 9a.m. to 4p.m. The cost for the workshop is $15 for members, and $25 for non-members, with the gourd and all supplies provided. Some of the workshops will need special tools.  If you are planning to attend a workshop, you will want to be on Neva’s email list so you will be informed about the workshop and be notified of any special tools you will need to bring.  They take a break around noon for lunch.  You may bring your own lunch, or join those who will be ordering take-out from one of the local restaurants.

The Tuesday Night Workshop on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month:
This workshop is held in the Educational Class room in the Visitor's Center at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens located on Bob Wallace Avenue. The time is 6:30p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with 30 minutes of discussion and planning followed by the workshop.  The cost for each workshop is $10 for members, and $15 for non-members, with the gourd and all supplies and materials provided. 

Directions to Big Cove Presbyterian (USA) 145 Campground Road Brownsboro, Al.

From Huntsville: Take 431 South (Governor’s Drive) across Monte Sano Mountain. At the foot of the mountain take the third road on the right. The first road is Hampton Falls Drive, the second Old Big Cove Road and the third road is Campground. The meeting place is the white church at the top of the hill. The road is next to the Greenery Nursery, if you miss the turn you can go through the parking lot of the nursery and exit on Campground.

From Guntersville: Take 431 North until you pass the Hampton Cove/Sutton Road Intersection. Continue about a mile north of this intersection. Campground Road will be on the left beside the Greenery Nursery. There is a sign at the highway for Big Cove Presbyterian (USA). There is a new church building in front of the white church.


2016 Huntsville Gourd Patch Workshop Schedule


1st Saturday All-Day Workshop
Big Cove Presbyterian

3rd Tuesday Night Workshop
Huntsville Botanical Gardens

Jan. 9


Jan 19:   Gourd Braclets
              Lead by Neva Beasley

Feb. 6

Masquerade Vase Gourd
Lead by Ida Stackhouse

Feb 16:  Lady Bug Birdhouse
              Lead by Laurie Peterson

March 5

Dancing Lady Spirit Doll
Lead by Tish Kassa

Mar 15:  Luminary
              Lead by Joan Reynolds

April 2

Painting on a Gourd
Lead by Pam Montgomery

April 19:  Dream Catcher on a Bowl
  Lead by Crystal Kitchens and Neva Beasley

May 7

Leaves on a Basket
Lead by  Neva Beasley

May 17:   Marbling Technique on a Gourd    
                Lead by Ann Carbaugh

June 11

Bird Carving on a Gourd
Lead by Laurie Peterson

June 21: Doodle Art Heart Design on a Bowl
              Lead by Neva Beasley

July 9

Washi Paper Gourd
Lead by Judy Burkett

July 19:   Nathan and Neana Project

Aug. 6

Father Tree Wall Plaque
Lead by Joan Reynolds

Aug 16:   Work on Scare Crow Trail Project

Sept. 10

Butterfly Filigree Vase
Lead by Ann Carbaugh

Sept 20:   Owl Gourd
    Lead by Virginia Warvi and Neva Beasley


No Meeting
Prepare for ALGS Show

No Meeting
Prepare for ALGS Show

Nov. 5

Calla Lily Mosaic on Gourd
Lead by Katie Westmoreland

No Meeting


Christmas Party

No Meeting
Merry Christmas

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Gourd Fairy Land, 2010 Scarecrow Trail

Ma & Pa Gourd 2009 HSV Botanical Scarecrow Trail02

Ma and Pa Gourd, 2009 Scarecrow Trail

Old Lady Who Lived in a Show, 2008 Huntsville Botanical Gardens Scarecrow Scene

Old Lady who lived in a shoe, 2008 Scarecrow Trail

Ghouly Gourds, 2007 Huntsville Gardens Scarecrow Trail

Ghouly Gourds, 2007 Scarecrow Trail

Indian Village, 2006 Huntsville Botanical Garden Scarecrow

Indian Village, 2006 Scarecrow Trail